Care always needed to be exercised with David
rapid witted and bayonet tongued.
hilarity could become attack with no warning.
His prejudices fitted around him
like squeaky ill fitting shoes
discomfiting and proclaiming.
Self image intended throwaway effacement – but drew attention.
Born and raised in a privileged enclave
but quick to invoke birthright.
Not a snob
but his address book fell open at pages to impress.
Defensive and reluctant to be generous
quick to deride or diminish.
Whatever someone had done
he had done.
Bigger. Bolder. Better.
brittle chimera of self
breathes savage, brilliant humour.
group discussion of a fringe acquaintance
about whom there was uncertainty.
Charity yields to spite
until the black humourist strikes say dirt.
“The best part of that guy
ran down the inside of his old man’s leg.”